by Isabel G., guest reviewer
Alice is on a slightly altered adventure in this twist on a childhood classic. The accident that sends Alice to Wonderland makes her question more than just her surroundings; it makes her question if she’s still alive. She finds herself craving meat from both the living and the walking dead. Yes, it seems most of our favorite characters have either perished, are in the process of dying, or killed as the story progresses. Could there be an upside? They come back as zombies!
I liked how the story began and it had a lot of potential. The idea of Alice being in the graveyard and following the black rat was brilliant. The part with the baby turning into a zombie, however, was creepy even for this story. It’s interesting that some of the material can be considered humorous while other sections are too gory and dark to be part of the same story. By the way, Alice is a bit of a hypocrite about the other characters eating each other, when she herself, indulged in some cannibalism at the Tea Party. The best part is how Alice’s own sister thinks of her. At the end of the story, Alice’s sister was as rotten a person as any zombie Alice dreamed up.
Besides the nonsense that’s normally attributed to any version of Alice in Wonderland, the Alice in Zombieland story had a few adjectives that seemed out of place. Some of the wording chosen didn’t make sense in certain sentences. For example, on page 236, “Its rotting head collapsed around her huge horny fist…” What is that? How does the word horny factor into the sentence?
Weaknesses: Getting past the back-to-back run on sentences was an uphill battle. The book came perilously close to taking flight…straight into my bedroom wall. The hope it would improve was still alive…and so, I continued. To my relief, the story and writing improved enough to keep me reading.
Strengths: Hello! Zombies, Alice, the Mad Hatter, all of our childhood favorites. Well zombies were part of my childhood at least; I loved/still love those horror movies.
Recommendations: If you generally read mash-up novels such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and Little Vampire Women, then you’ll find this an enjoyable read. But if on the other hand, you don’t read mash-ups, and are a stickler for good grammar, you may choose to bypass altogether.
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Copyright 2009, 2011